Matthew 12:15: Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all.
- Words and healing
That he healed them all shows that his power is without limit. A centurion recognised that and said that for him to heal his servant who was at the point of death, he only needed to speak and it will be done (Matthew 8:8-9).
He did not have to exert any energy to move from one place to another to get things done, spiritual power is executed by words.
- Prayer and power in healing
That is why we need to realise that there is power in our prayer. Though we do not physically see God set things in motion on our behalf as we pray, we should not be ignorant of what happens in the realm of the spirit as a result of our prayer. We speak words in prayer, in the quietness of our rooms, maybe, and God rewards us openly, makes things happen for us as a result of the prayer (Matthew 6:6).
Understand that things are moved in the place of prayer. There is nothing beyond the reach of prayer. That is why Jesus says that men ought always to pray and not to faint (Luke 18:1). When we are distracted from prayer we are “distracted” from real spiritual power (James 5:16).
Jesus prioritised prayer and so should we. He showed us an example for us to follow in his steps. If he needed to pray to be able to exert his powerful influence, how much more us?
While the disciples were limited in the expression of the power through them, Jesus was not, because he stood out in his prayer devotion (Mark 9:14-27). For example, while a man came with his son who was tormented by the devil, the disciples were sweating it out unable to get the job done, but Jesus healed the same child without sweating.
Jesus stood head and shoulders above others in demonstration of power, because he was the same in devotion to God. What was difficult for the disciples to handle was cheap for him. He told them, some devils do not go except by prayer and fasting. And that was why he was able to heal all who came for healing as mentioned in the focus verse.
- Healing as help
His healing work was not for a show, it was because he wanted to help the people. Peter said that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with Holy Spirit and power and went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil, because God was with him (Acts 10:38).
He is a bright light dispelling the darkness of the oppression of the devil in people’s lives (Matthew 4:13-16). The demons were no match for him, they were darkness and he was the light, they were lies and he was the truth, they were fallen and he the anointed.
He displayed not just the love of God for the people in healing them being the embodiment of God on the earth (Colossians 2:8-9).
- Healing and resurrection power
His healing was also a hint at the resurrection power he carried. Standing before near the grave of Lazarus, he said: I am (not I will be) the resurrection and the life.
Jesus came to the earth as a chain breaker. He said: the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim the year of God’s favour. He came with a new lease of life (Luke 4:18-19).
- Healing the body
Healing came comes in different forms. There is the healing of the body, soul and spirit, the three parts of man, representing the comprehensive package of God for man.
Healing of the body occurs on numerous occasions in the ministry of Jesus. The lame walked the deaf hear the blind see. When John the Baptist was imprisoned and was confused about the identity of Jesus, he sent some people to him to ask him whether he was truly the Messiah, Jesus did not say much, but only asked those sent to observe the numerous miracles of healing that was happening (Matthew 11:1-6).
There is no limit to the healing restoration work of God when it comes to the body of Jesus. The one born blind get supernatural eyes through Jesus. The maimed, get supernatural body parts (Matthew 15:3), the dead are raised up to life, even if up to four days in the grave (John 11).
- Healing the soul
Part of the ministry of Jesus, that he said he was anointed for, was to heal the broken-hearted. It was part of what he achieved for us he was not only broken in body but also in the soul while he hung on the cross. He cried: my God my God, why have you forsaken me (Matthew 27:46).
We see the sorrow of his soul in the garden of Gethsemane. He said to his disciples: my soul is under enormous pressure even unto death. It went through all that because of us, to replace our spirit of heaviness with the garment of praise (Isaiah 61:1-3).
Everything that has to do with the healing of our emotions, will and mind, were taken care of by the cross, that is why we can boldly say God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of love, power and sound mind (2Timothy 1:6-7).
- Healing the spirit
The healing of the spirit is about being spiritually regenerated. Jesus said we must be born again, that the natural birth cannot lead to spiritual renewal, only spiritual birth does that (John 3). It is the deepest healing.
As many as believe in Jesus have crossed from death into life, in an eternal sense. Healing of the body is about life coming to the body, where it is deficient, healing of the soul is about life coming to the soul, as David wrote that the Lord restores his soul (Psalm 23). But for the spirit (which completes the three parts of man [1Thessalonians 5:23]) is for a new spirit to come into us, since our old spirit died because of sin (Ephesians 2:1-7). As a definition, the human spirit is for connection with God, the soul is for connection with other humans while the body is for connection with the nature around us. The force of healing is about cutting short the death agenda of the devil, and releasing the life agenda of Jesus.
The same power that worked on Jesus to bring him from the place of the dead, to the exalted place in the right of the father is the same that worked to birth a new spirit in us by making us born again. The spiritual birth is God himself coming into us, to abide with us, making us new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17) and that fact makes us members of the household of God, and at the end of our time on the earth we will return home to our father.
- Righteousness and God’s healing plan
Though the damage done to mankind because of sin was extensive, the healing plan of God for humanity is comprehensive. By setting loose the force of righteousness in our life which flows from the cross of Jesus where sin was condemned, judged in the crushed body of Jesus, he becomes our healing, our all-round healing.
While talking about the work of salvation that he will do on the cross, Jesus said that just as Moses raised up a serpent in the wilderness (to save the people from the poison of snakes), he will also be raised up (and that happened on the cross) so that anyone who looks will be saved (saved from the poison of sin).
We should understand that salvation does not just have benefit in this life-after, but in our soul and body in the now. Paul said that godliness is profitable now and not just when we close our eyes in final sleep (1Timothy 4:8).
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- Matthew 16:13-20 (nineyearbible.wordpress.com)
- By their fruit you will know…what? (christiantoday.com)
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- Jesus Feeds Five Thousand (dailybibleplan.com)